l £934,800 on Environmental Enhancement Project – included road reconstruction, town centre bus drop–off points, re–paving and kerbing, a pedestrian crossing in Market Rasen Market Place, street furniture, including seating, lighting, litter bins and fencing. The River Rase area was given a “facelift” and new gates and seats installed at the Market Rasen Cricket and Football Club.
l £720,300 on West Lindsey Family Learning Network – this consisted of the local education authority and Lincoln College and involved providing story sacks, bags of themed books for younger readers, family learning, mentoring and independent learning and study support.
l £716,400 on Economic Development – A local marketing agency was contacted to promote the town to tourists. A quarterly newsletter was produced and distributed to 4,500 homes, a website for the Rural Tourism Development Area Partnership was created and Rasen Hub in Union Street was purchased as a community resource centre. Plans were drawn up to change the disused railway arches into “much-needed” workspace.
l £426,300 on Tourism Development – Money was spent on festival development including the Gardeners’ Fair, the Market Rasen Motorcycle Festival, Faldingworth Scarecrow Festival, May Day celebrations, food faris and music festivals. The town was marketed as a tourist destination at two fairs in Holland and work was done with Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Serivce, East Lindsey District Council, Lincolnshire Tourism and the Gateway Walk series. Oak tourist information boards were erected in ten villages in the area and new toilets built in John Street, Market Rasen.
l £403,100 on Community Capacity Building Grants – Funding was given to 22 projects which used the cash to purchase sports equipment, community based facilities and building refurbishment.
l £258,600 on Rural Transport Initiatives – Projects included Wheels2Work, providing scooters to young people to access work or training, a late night bus service to Lincoln, Dial–a–Ride and new bus shelters.
l £203,100 on Environmental Enhancement Grants – Funding was given to 21 projects including renovation and repair of shop fronts, houses, boundary walls, railings and ironworks, restoration of the Methodist chapel facade and improvements to the town’s signposting.
l £165,400 on Ourtown – Established to involve young people in regeneration tackling issues like pedestrian problems and the Bell Playing Fields and Gateway projects.
l £150,000 on CCTV – Installed in partnership with Lincolnshire Police, West Lindsey District Council and Market Rasen Town Council.
l £132,500 on Tourism (Business) Development Grants – Funding was given to 18 projects to improve the range of quality accommodation and attractions. Projects included the upgrade of B&B and tea room facilities, support of the Market Place Christmas Market and lighting, marketing support for local traders and the allocation of space for a Tourist Information Office.
l £103,800 on Substance Misuse – Managed by Lincoln Clinic, the project aided those with drug and alcohol abuse problems.
l £19,600 on Healthy Living – Spent on creation of a healthy eating cookbook and support with exercise regimes was provided to patients at Market Rasen Surgery.